first port of call

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first port of call

The first place where one stops to visit, accomplish something, or begin a process. Taken from nautical terminology, referring to the first port that a seafaring vessel calls in to at the beginning of a voyage. The president's first port of call on his re-election campaign will be his hometown. If your passport is lost while traveling abroad, your first port of call should be your home country's consulate or embassy. Paris will be our first port of call on our trip through Europe.
See also: call, first, of, port
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9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- California welcomed the most recent addition to the US's academic research fleet, the Neil Armstrong, as it made its first port of call in San Francisco over the weekend.
She was also one of the best, for, if there was ever anything I needed to know about Redcar's history, she was my first port of call.
Your GP should be the first port of call for the majority of your family's health needs," says Dr Guy Pilkington, a GP in Newcastle's west end, and Chair of NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Your first port of call is to register with the Telephone Preference Society.
It is a good first port of call if you are not sure and can give peace of mind.
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Ernie Ashley who sent in the photograph says: "It was always the first port of call for Liverpool Seamen when the CPR and Cunard Boats had tied up.
Our first port of call is always the local GP surgery, Meddygfa Llaynyfran, who are second to none, likewise Glangwilli.
Kelly has always been brilliant at writing stories while I was her first port of call to test her ideas.
OPTOMETRY SCOTLAND (OS) has expressed concern that people are unaware that their first port of call when it comes to eye health is their local optometrist.
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New York Sound City will remind Americans that Liverpool should be their first port of call when it comes to investing in the UK.
The team's first port of call should be Hampden Park, for a lap of honour and to give the Scottish FA a lesson in winning.
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